Updated 05:23 PM EST, Sun, Jan 23, 2022

NBA Trade 2015: Portland Trail Blazers Forward Nic Batum Headed to Charlotte Hornets, Sources Claim

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On Wednesday night, the Charlotte Hornets got shooting guard Nic Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers completing a trade that involved power forward Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson.

ESPN explained that the willingness of Portland to trade Batum was "in part due to uncertainty about the free-agency intentions of All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge."

The same report said that the team is doubting if it will still be able to re-sign Aldridge who is reported to be likely going with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks or the Los Angeles Lakers.

"We felt like we needed some more shooting and we feel like we have addressed that," Hornets general manager Rich Cho told ESPN.

He also said that the team may soon be doing other changes in their roster in the coming weeks. "We are still looking to do a number of different things."

The general manager explained that Batum will start at the 2-guard spot, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will stick to being small forward.

The Hornets also explained in a release that Batum is a great addition to the team because of his talent.

"Nicolas Batum is a very talented player whose all-around game will help our team in a variety of ways. He is a quality defender and a solid outside shooter who brings versatility and playoff experience.  We are excited to add him to our wing rotation," Cho noted.

In 2008, he was the 25th overall pick by the Houston Rockets then was traded to Portland on draft night. In his time with the Trail Blazers, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3 assists.

During the playoffs of last season, the team said that Batum had a career high of 8.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

But the Washington Post saw his performance with the Blazers as "disappointing" during the previous season. "His three-point shooting percentage plummeted, but prior to that he had been considered a player on the rise, a versatile asset for Portland," the report added.

Acquiring Batum may prove disastrous for the team who let go of a developing forward in Vonleh. Washington Post said his performance for the next season is anticipated since he was only able to play in 25 games for the Hornets because he suffered a hernia in September last year.

On the other hand, CBS Sports is positive that Batum will work hard to give the team "what it was missing when Josh McRoberts left."

Deciding on this major moves for the teams is somehow their strategy to improve for the next season with them hoping that their choices will help them do better. Batum is a player to watch out for especially that he will now be playing with a new team.

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